Teaching the Method of the Glorious Saraha’s “Mahāmudrā Thunderbolt”
by Kyobpa Jigten Sumgon
I pay homage to the excellent gurus!
This mahāmudrā of the great master Saraha has four topics:
- Relax body and mind.
- Do not engage mental objects.
- Do not set up any support whatsoever.
- Release the mind in its natural state.
About the first, i.e., to relax body and mind, the great Ācārya Brahmin said: “There is no doubt that this mind that is bound with a knot will be freed when it is relaxed.” Therefore, you must relax body and mind.
About the second, i.e., not to engage in mental objects, [he said]: “Non-mentation is the body of the great seal (mahāmudrākāya). Yogi, have no hope for any results!” Therefore, rest without maintaining in your mind any notion of good or bad thoughts whatsoever.
Concerning the third, i.e., not setting up any support whatsoever: Rest without making channels, winds, vital essences, and whatever else your support.
Concerning the fourth, i.e., resting the mind in its natural state: Just rest in the natural state, without any activities and exertions whatsoever.
That concludes the great ācārya, the brahmin Saraha’s “Mahāmudrā Thunderbolt.”
Collected Works of Kyobpa Jigten Sumgon, vol. 2, p. 426 f.
Thank you for such a succinct expression of mahāmudrā, very nice.